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Float Point
Volume Number:2
Issue Number:7
Column Tag:Threaded Code

A Custom Floating Point Package

By Jörg Langowski, EMBL, c/o I.L.L., Grenoble, Cedex, France, Editorial Board

"12 Kflops - Forth goes inSANE"

You might have noticed my frequent complaints about the slowness of the Apple 80-bit SANE routines and the non-availability of a reasonably fast 32 bit floating point package in Forth systems (and most other programming languages, for that matter, Fortran being the only exception).

The scaling that is necessary if you want to do rapid calculations in Forth (using integer arithmetic) is a nuisance, and it is almost impossible to implement general purpose mathematical routines without floating point. Since I needed to run this machine as fast as possible, I set out to write a set of single precision real arithmetic routines.

IEEE 32-bit real numbers

The number format that we are dealing with is the IEEE standard and defined as follows:

bit 31 (highest bit): sign (0 = positive)
bits 30 23 : exponent (offset = 127)
bits 22 0 : fraction part (23 bits with the 24th bit always =1)

That is, a real number has the form

(+/-)1.xxx xxx * 2yyy,

where the exponent yyy is obtained by subtracting 127 from the stored exponent; only the fraction part of the mantissa is stored because the integer part is always 1 by definition (otherwise, the fraction part will have to be shifted left and the exponent decreased until the integer part is =1; this is called normalization).

The highest exponent, 255, is reserved for special cases: with zero mantissa it designates positive/negative infinity, and with non-zero mantissa it is a 'no-number' (Not a Number or NaN). This latter case is used to mark the results of undefined or illegal operations, such as 0/0, infinity - infinity, square root (-x), etc. The type of 'non- numberness' is indicated by the value of the mantissa.

Floating point arithmetic is thouroughly treated in D. Knuth's 'The Art of Computer Programming', Vol.2. Taking this excellent book as a guidance, the job to write the single precision routines becomes manageable. We'll first consider addition.

Floating point addition and subtraction

To add two floating point numbers which have the same exponent is trivial, we simply add the fraction parts. Unfortunately, in real life numbers often have different exponents. Adding such two numbers is done by shifting the fraction part of the smaller one right by the difference in exponents. Then the fractions may be added; the exponent of the result is that of the larger of the two input numbers.

This addition may generate a fraction overflow, when the new fraction part overflows into the 25th bit. In that case, the fraction has to be shifted right and the exponent increased by one. This might generate an exponent overflow; in which case we have to set the result to infinity.

When adding two numbers of opposite sign, the fractions will have to be subtracted and the resultant fraction may be significantly smaller than 24 bit precision. We have to normalize the result, shifting the fraction left until the 24th bit is equal to one again, decreasing the exponent as we go. We assume that the input to our routines always consists of normalized floating point numbers; the routines will always return normalized results as well.

Normalizing after subtraction may result in an exponent underflow. We could simply stop normalization and keep an unnormalized fraction part for very small numbers (in fact, the IEEE standard provides for this). I have chosen here to simply set the result equal to zero, since the algorithms become more complicated if one allows unnormalized small numbers.

After normalization, the fraction part is rounded. This is necessary because we actually calculate the result with a higher precision than 24 bits; in general, we will have a 'raw' 32-bit result. The rounding algorithm implemented here goes as follows (bit 0 is the least significant bit of the 24 bit mantissa, bits (-1) and (-2) the bits below it):

- if bit (-1) is equal to zero, don't change anything.

- if bits (-1) and (-2) are equal to one, increment fraction by one.

- if bit (-1) = 1, bit (-2) = 0, increment fraction if bit 0 = 1 (round to next even number).

Since rounding includes incrementing, we might generate a new fraction overflow, so we have to check for that again after rounding.

Getting the correct sign for the result is not too complicated, either; if both numbers have the same sign, the result will have that sign. If the numbers are of opposite sign, the fractions have to be subtracted instead of added. If because of the subtraction the result fraction becomes negative, the fraction and the sign of the result have to be inverted.

The result of the subtraction then is normalized and rounded as described before.

The algorithm is implemented in Listing 1 in standard 68000 assembly code of the Mach1 variety. My code assumes that registers D0 to D6 may be used freely, which is true for Mach1. If your Forth system (or any other system where you wish to implement this code) uses any of those registers, you will have to push them on the stack before you enter and pull them off again on exit. Or change register assignments.

The Mach1 data stack is maintained by A6, so the operands are pulled off the A6 stack on entry and the sum pushed there on exit. This might also be a place where changes would be necessary going to a different system. Otherwise, you can take the code as it is. In MacForth, you will have to transfer it into reverse polish notation. NEON provides a standard assembler.

Read through the listing and follow the algorithm in machine language; it is essentially the one described in Sec. 4.2.1 of Vol.2 of Donald Knuth's set of books, except that normalization is only done after subtraction.

There is some additional 'glue' which is specific to Mach1. F>S and S>F move floating point numbers from the floating stack (D7) to the data stack (A6) and back, changing between 80- and 32-bit precision. S- provides for subtraction; it simply changes the sign of the number on top of stack and then adds.

<<< BUG WARNING >>>

- Palo Alto Shipping, please take note -

As you see in the listing, I had to hand-assemble a BCHG #31,(A6) by doing a DC.L. This is because the Mach 1 assembler still doesn't like some instructions. I would recommend to all of you using this (otherwise excellent) system to disassemble routines after assembly and quickly look whether there are differences. Another instruction with which I had problems is the ANDI.W and ANDI.B type (not the ANDI.L). Further down, in the code for multiplication and division, I had to move around those problems by hand-coding with DC.L.

Multiplication

The multiplication algorithm is somewhat simpler than that for addition. Its heart is a double precision multiplication of the fraction parts. A 24 by 24-bit multiply yields a 48-bit result, only the upper 24 bits of which are needed (actually, some more for rounding - we'll have 32 bits as an intermediate result).

Lets call the two operands u and v, their 8 most significant bits um and vm, the 16 least significant bits ul and vl. The result is then composed as follows (Fig.1):

um * vm -> upper 16 bits of result;
ul * vl -> lower 32 bits of (48-bit) result;
um*vl + ul*vm -> 24 lower bits of the upper 32-bit part of result.

The final 24-bit result is obtained by taking the upper rounded 24 bits of the 48-bit result. This result might be unnormalized by one position (the high bit might be =0); if that's the case, it will have to be shifted left by one and the exponent adjusted accordingly. After that adjustment, the result is rounded as shown above.

The exponents are simply added in multiplication, after subtracting the excess (the offset of 127). At this point, over- and underflows are detected. The correct sign is automatically attached to the product by the following trick:

Fig. 1

Before the two exponents are added, the signs are rotated into bit 0 of the registers so that the exponents are in the upper 8 bits of the word. After addition, bit 0 will be one only when the operands had opposite signs. When the exponent is then rotated back, the sign bit will be set (=negative) only in that case. Of course, the low order bits have to be masked out before exponent and fraction are put back together again.

Again, this algorithm is best understood by looking at the listing.

Division

Division is tough, since we can only divide 32 by 16 bits at a time, but we want a result that is precise to 24 bits! Ideally, we'd need a 48-bit register whose upper half we fill with the fraction part of the dividend, then do a 48-by 24 division to get a 24 bit result. If we have less precision, things get much more complicated. Knuth is the answer again.

Imagine we have two numbers u and v with upper and lower 16-bit halves um, vm and ul, vl, which we want to divide. This can be written as

wm + 2-16wl = (um + 2-16ul)/(vm + 2-16vl)

  =  (um + 2-16ul)/vm * 1/(1 + 2-16(vl/ vm)) .

Now is is convenient to know that the second term of the product in the second line may be approximated:

1/(1 + 2-16(vl/ vm))   1 - 2-16(vl/ vm)  .

The way to go is now the following:

- divide u (32-bit) by vm, getting a 16-bit quotient w'm and 16 bits of remainder.

- shift w'm into the upper half of the result. Divide the 16 bit remainder (shifted into the upper half of a 32-bit register) by vm. This gives the 16-bit quotient w'l. Combine w'm and w'l to give w'.

- compute w'/vm (32bit/16 bit -> 16 bit). Multiply this result by vl to get a 32-bit product r', shift this product down by 16 bits to get r.

- The result of the division is w = w' - r.

The exponents have just to be subtracted in division, and correct sign is obtained by the same rotation 'trick' that was used in multiplication. Again, at this stage we have to watch for over- and underflows and do the correct rounding. Note that when adjusting the fraction parts to 32 bits at the beginning, the dividend is shifted one bit less than the divisor. This makes sure that the divisor is always larger than the dividend, otherwise another check for overflows would be necessary. No accuracy is sacrificed by this procedure.

Testing the package accuracy and speed benchmarks

The end of the listing contains some benchmarks that I wrote to check out the routines. The accuracy routines are used to check the precision of the package; with accuracy3 you will see that the result deviates only in the lowest fraction bit from the 'exact' result obtained with the SANE routines. (I have not tested all cases, there may me some exceptional ones where the deviation is 2 bits.)

The speed increase is considerable (Table 1): running the speed.test and fspeed.test for comparison, you'll find that you get a speed of 12,000 floating point additions per seconds (having subtracted loop overhead), and order-of-magnitude the same speed for the other operations. This is an increase by a factor of 5 to 10 over the SANE package. Just what we wanted.

Another bug report (mine!)

As I mentioned in my last article, there might have been a problem with the CRT saver the way it was written in that column. It turns out that the program actually can crash because of collision of the local stacks and therefore the two parts of the routine have to have separate local stacks. Listing 2 shows the change that has to be made in the program. The MacTutor source disk contains the corrected version, which is to my knowledge safe to use (I'm using it now...).

See you next time!

Table 1: single and extended precision benchmarks

10000 operations (pi•e)

single add: 0.83 sec -> 12.0 Kflops

single sub: 1.0 sec -> 10.0 Kflops

single mul: 0.95 sec -> 10.5 Kflops

single div: 1.3 sec -> 7.7 Kflops

extended add: 4.47 sec -> 2.2 Kflops

extended sub: 4.73 sec -> 2.1 Kflops

extended mul: 7.0 sec -> 1.4 Kflops

extended div: 13.35 sec -> 0.75 Kflops

speedup add: 5.36

speedup sub: 4.8

speedup mul: 7.37

speedup div: 10.3

Listing 1: single precision floating point math primitives, for installation 
into Forth systems
( 32 bit floating point routines )
(  © 27.4.1986 J. Langowski /MacTutor )
( This code may be used freely for non-commercial
purposes to speed up the inSANEly precise and slow 
Macintosh floating point package. Any inclusion in 
software that is distributed commercially requires the 
author's permission. )

only forth also assembler also sane

CODE     S>F
         PEA     (A6)
         SUBI.L  #$A,D7
         ADDQ.L  #$4,A6
         MOVE.L  D7,-(A7)
         MOVE.W  #$100E,-(A7)
         _Pack4
         RTS
END-CODE

CODE     F>S
         MOVE.L  D7,-(A7)
         ADDI.L  #$A,D7
         SUBQ.L  #$4,A6
         PEA     (A6)
         MOVE.W  #$1010,-(A7)
         _Pack4
         RTS
END-CODE

CODE     S+      ( 32 bit FP add )
         MOVE.L  (A6)+,D1
         BEQ     @1
         MOVE.L  (A6)+,D0
         BNE     @add.main
         MOVE.L  D1,-(A6)
@1       RTS     
     
@add.main
         MOVE.L  D0,D2
( number in D0 will be called u )
         MOVE.L  D1,D3
( and in D1 v )
         LSL.L   #8,D0
         LSL.L   #8,D1
         BSET    #31,D0
         BSET    #31,D1
( now D0 and D1 contain the fraction parts,
  shifted into the upper part of the long word )
         SWAP.W  D2
         SWAP.W  D3
         LSR.W   #7,D2
         LSR.W   #7,D3
( D2 and D3 contain exponent plus sign )
         MOVE.B  D2,D4
         SUB.B   D3,D4
( D4 contains the difference in exponent )
         BEQ     @expo.same
         BHI     @check.expo
( if v-exponent > u-exponent, exchange u and v )
         NEG.B   D4
         EXG     D0,D1
         EXG     D2,D3
@check.expo
         CMPI.B  #25,D4
( if difference in exponents > precision, just return u )
         BHI     @backtogether
         LSR.L   D4,D1  ( shift smaller fraction )
@expo.same
         EOR.W   D2,D3 ( test if signs are equal )
         BTST    #8,D3
         BNE     @subtract  ( if not, have to subtract )
         ADD.L   D1,D0
         BCC     @round
( fraction overflow )
         ROXR.L  #1,D0
         ADDQ.B  #1,D2
         BEQ     @ovfl
@round   BTST    #7,D0
         BEQ     @backtogether
         BTST    #6,D0
         BNE     @incr
         BTST    #8,D0
         BEQ     @backtogether
@incr    ADDI.L  #$80,D0
         BCC     @backtogether
( rounding overflow )
         ROXR.L  #1,D0
         ADDQ.B  #1,D2
         BEQ     @ovfl
@backtogether  
( reconstruct number from mantissa and exponent )
         LSR.L   #8,D0
         BCLR    #23,D0
         LSL.W   #7,D2
         SWAP.W  D2
         CLR.W   D2
         OR.L    D2,D0
@end     MOVE.L  D0,-(A6)
         RTS
     
@subtract
         SUB.L   D1,D0
         BEQ     @end
         BCC     @normal
( fraction v was larger than fraction u, change sign )
         BCHG    #8,D2
         NEG.L   D0 ( make mantissa positive )
@normal  BMI     @round
         SUBQ.B  #1,D2
         BEQ     @small  ( expo underflow )
         ADD.L   D0,D0  ( faster than LSL.L #1,D0 )
         BRA     @normal
@small   MOVEQ.L #0,D0
         BRA     @end
@ovfl    MOVE.L  #$7F800000,-(A6)
         RTS 
END-CODE

CODE     S-      ( 32 bit FP subtract )
(        BCHG    #$1F,[A6]   )
         DC.L    $0856001F
         S+
         RTS
END-CODE

CODE     S*      ( 32 bit single precision multiply)
         MOVE.L  (A6)+,D1
         BEQ     @makezero
         MOVE.L  (A6)+,D0
         BEQ     @end
( D0,D1 will be used for lower 16 bits of mantissa.
  D2,D3 for exponent )
         MOVE.L  D0,D2
         MOVE.L  D1,D3
         SWAP.W  D2
         SWAP.W  D3
( get rid of junk in D4,D5 )
         CLR.W   D4
         CLR.W   D5
( move most significant 7 mantissa bits to D4,D5
  and set implied highest bit = 1 )
         MOVE.B  D2,D4
         MOVE.B  D3,D5
         BSET    #7,D4
         BSET    #7,D5
( isolate exponent + sign in D2,D3 )
(        ANDI.W  #$FF80,D2 )
         DC.L    $0242FF80
(        ANDI.W  #$FF80,D3 )
         DC.L    $0243FF80
( rotate sign into lowest bit D2,D3 )
         ROL.W   #1,D2
         ROL.W   #1,D3
( subtract exponent offset )
         SUBI.W  #$7F00,D2
         SUBI.W  #$7F00,D3
( sum exponents, check for over- or underflow )
         ADD.W   D2,D3
         BVS     @ovflchk
( now do 24*24 bit multiplication of mantissa )
         MOVE.W  D4,D2  ( u-hi -> D2 )
         MULU.W  D1,D2  ( u-hi * v-lo -> D2 )
         MULU.W  D0,D1  ( u-lo * v-lo -> D1 )
         MULU.W  D5,D0  ( u-lo * v-hi -> D0 )
         MULU.W  D4,D5  ( u-hi * v-hi -> D5 )
         ADD.L   D2,D0  ( u-hi*v-lo + u-lo*v-hi -> D0 )
         MOVE.W  D5,D1  
( u-hi*v-hi -> LSW[D1], 
  MSW unchanged , contains MSW of u-lo*v-lo )
         SWAP.W  D1  
( put LSW and MSW in correct order )
         ADD.L   D1,D0  ( put it all together )
( highest mantissa bit might have changed to one )
         BPL     @nohibit
         ADDI.W  #$100,D3
         BVC     @round
         BRA     @ovflchk
@nohibit ADD.L   D0,D0 ( if hi bit =0, make it =1)
@round   BTST    #7,D0
         BEQ     @blk.exp
         BTST    #6,D0
         BNE     @incr
         BTST    #8,D0
         BEQ     @blk.exp
@incr    ADDI.L  #$80,D0
         BCC     @blk.exp
         ADDI.W  #$100,D3
         BVC     @blk.exp
@ovflchk BPL     @makezero
         MOVE.L  #$7F800000,-(A6)  
         RTS
@makezero  MOVEQ.L #0,D0
         BRA     @end
( readjust exponent )
@blk.exp ADDI.W  #$7F00,D3
         BLE     @makezero
         ROR.W   #1,D3
(        ANDI.W  #$FF80,D3 )
         DC.L    $0243FF80
         LSR.L   #8,D0
         BCLR    #23,D0
         SWAP.W  D3
         CLR.W   D3
         OR.L    D3,D0
@end     MOVE.L  D0,-(A6)
         RTS     
END-CODE          

CODE     S/      ( 32 bit FP divide )          
         MOVE.L  (A6)+,D1
         BEQ     @byzero ( divisor = 0)
         MOVE.L  (A6)+,D0
         BEQ     @end    ( dividend = 0)
         MOVE.L  D0,D3
         SWAP.W  D0
         MOVE.W  D0,D5
         MOVE.L  D1,D6
         SWAP.W  D6
( exponents in D5,D6 )
         MOVE.W  #$100,D4 ( exponent adjust )
( isolate mantissa in D3,D1 and shift up )
         ANDI.L  #$007FFFFF,D3
         ANDI.L  #$007FFFFF,D1
         BSET    #$17,D3
         BSET    #$17,D1
         LSL.L   #7,D3
         LSL.L   #8,D1
( divide 32 by 32 bits )
         MOVE.L  D1,D2
         SWAP.W  D2  ( v-hi )
         DIVU.W  D2,D3  ( [u/v-hi]-hi)
         MOVE.L  D3,D0
         CLR.W   D0  ( remainder )
         DIVU.W  D2,D0  ( [u/v-hi]-lo)
         SWAP.W  D3
         MOVE.W  D0,D3 
         MOVE.L  D3,D0  ( u/v-hi = w)
         DIVU.W  D2,D3  ( w/v-hi )
         MULU.W  D3,D1 ( w*v-lo/v-hi)
         CLR.W   D1
         SWAP.W  D1  ( lo 16 bits )
         SUB.L   D1,D0 ( final 32 bit result )
         LSR.L   #6,D0 ( adjust )
( round result, as before)
         BTST    #1,D0
         BEQ     @rounded
         BTST    #0,D0
         BNE     @incr
         BTST    #2,D0
         BEQ     @rounded
@incr    ADDQ.L  #4,D0
@rounded BTST    #25,D0
( account for zero hi order bit )
         BNE     @hifrac
         CLR.W   D4
         LSR.L   #1,D0
         BRA     @expo
@hifrac  LSR.L   #2,D0
( subtract exponents )
@expo    ROL.W   #1,D5
         ROL.W   #1,D6
         BSET    #1,D5
(        ANDI.B  #1,D6 )
         DC.L    $02060001
         SUBI.W  #$7F00,D5
         SUBI.W  #$7F00,D6
         SUB.W   D6,D5
         BVS     @exp.ovfl
         ADDI.W  #$7E00,D5
         ADD.W   D4,D5 
         ROR.W   #1,D5
(        ANDI.W  #$FF80,D5 )
         DC.L    $0245FF80
         BCLR    #$17,D0
         SWAP.W  D5
         CLR.W   D5
         OR.L    D5,D0
@end     MOVE.L  D0,-(A6)
         RTS     
@byzero  MOVE.L  (A6)+,D0
         BNE     @ovfl
         MOVE.L  #$7F800400,-(A6)
         RTS
@ovfl    MOVE.L  #$7F800000,-(A6)
         RTS              
@exp.ovfl BPL     @makezero
         MOVE.L  #$7F800000,-(A6)
         RTS
@makezero MOVEQ.L #0,D0
         BRA     @end
END-CODE

( accuracy and benchmark tests)
decimal
fp 9 float
: s. s>f f. ;

1.0 f>s constant one
10. f>s constant ten
pi f>s constant pi.s
2.718281828  f>s constant eu
1.0 fconstant fone
10. fconstant ften

: accuracy
    one dup 
        20 0 do
            ten s/ 2dup s+ 
            s. cr
        loop
    drop drop
;

: accuracy2
    one dup 
        20 0 do 
            ten dup s. s* 2dup s. s.  2dup s+ 
            s. cr
        loop
    drop drop
;

: accuracy3 
    one fone
    1000 0 do
        dup fdup
        i . 
        i i>f ften f/ fdup f>s
        f/ s/ dup u. dup s. f>s dup u. dup s.
        s>f s>f f- f.
        cr
    loop
;

        
: bmark1 
  counter 10000 0 do pi.s eu drop drop loop timer ;
: bmark2 
  counter 10000 0 do pi.s eu s+ drop loop timer ;
: bmark3 
  counter 10000 0 do pi.s eu s- drop loop timer ;
: bmark4 
  counter 10000 0 do pi.s eu s* drop loop timer ;
: bmark5 
  counter 10000 0 do pi.s eu s/ drop loop timer ;

: speed.test cr
    bmark1 cr
    bmark2 cr
    bmark3 cr
    bmark4 cr
    bmark5 cr
;

: fmark1 pi 2.718281828
  counter 10000 0 do fover fover fdrop fdrop loop
  timer fdrop fdrop ;
: fmark2 pi 2.718281828 
  counter 10000 0 do fover fover f+ fdrop loop 
  timer fdrop fdrop ;
: fmark3 pi 2.718281828 
  counter 10000 0 do fover fover f- fdrop loop 
  timer fdrop fdrop ;
: fmark4 pi 2.718281828
   counter 10000 0 do fover fover f* fdrop loop
   timer fdrop fdrop ;
: fmark5 pi 2.718281828
  counter 10000 0 do fover fover f/ fdrop loop
  timer fdrop fdrop ;

: fspeed.test cr
    fmark1 cr
    fmark2 cr
    fmark3 cr
    fmark4 cr
    fmark5 cr
;
Listing 2: Correction of CRT saver routine, MT V2#6
( This code has to be inserted after the START header. References to 
setup.local.stack in the two routines have to be changed to setup.GNE.stack 
and setup.VBL.stack, respectively )

decimal

header START

( *** we need two local stacks after the relocation *** )    
 
header GNE.stack 100 allot

CODE setup.GNE.stack
    LEA -8(PC),A6   
( GNE stack grows downward from here )
    RTS
END-CODE

header VBL.stack 100 allot

CODE setup.VBL.stack
    LEA -8(PC),A6   
( VBL stack grows downward from here )
    RTS
END-CODE
 
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148Apps Live on Twitch: Pivvot’s Looper...
On our latest Twitch stream, we’ll be playing a pair of minimalist arcade games, one that just got a big content update in Pivvot, and another that was inspired by it in 15 Coins. Whitaker Trebella, creator of Pivvot, will discuss the new modes... | Read more »
Word Cubes Review
Word Cubes Review By Jordan Minor on April 15th, 2014 Our Rating: :: SQUARESVILLEUniversal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad Word Cubes is fine, but it is barely any different from any other word game.   | Read more »
PAX East 2014 – Desert Fox: The Battle o...
PAX East 2014 – Desert Fox: The Battle of El Alamein is Coming to iOS Soon Posted by Rob Rich on April 15th, 2014 [ permalink ] Shenandoah Studio has become one of the go-to developers for war games on iOS, with | Read more »
Tank of Tanks Review
Tank of Tanks Review By Carter Dotson on April 15th, 2014 Our Rating: :: TANKS A LOT!iPad Only App - Designed for the iPad This multiplayer game played on a single iPad is simple, chaotic fun.   | Read more »
PAX East 2014 – Dungeon of the Endless J...
PAX East 2014 – Dungeon of the Endless Just Might Have a Shot at an iPad Release Posted by Rob Rich on April 15th, 2014 [ permalink ] I think it’s fair to say that | Read more »
SideSwype Review
SideSwype Review By Carter Dotson on April 15th, 2014 Our Rating: :: ON YOUR SIDEUniversal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad SideSwype is a puzzler that takes inspiration from Threes, but becomes its own incredibly fun game.   | Read more »
PAX East 2014 – Bigfoot Hunter Invites P...
PAX East 2014 – Bigfoot Hunter Invites Players on a Wild and Wooly Photo Safari Posted by Rob Rich on April 15th, 2014 [ permalink ] Yeti. Sasquatch. Wendigo. | Read more »
Dungeon Quest Review
Dungeon Quest Review By Cata Modorcea on April 15th, 2014 Our Rating: :: NO STORY, BUT GOOD FUNUniversal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad Dungeon Quest does a lot of things right, but ultimately forgets about one of the core... | Read more »
Tempo AI and Speek Join Forces to “Kill...
Tempo AI and Speek Join Forces to “Kill the Conference Call PIN” Posted by Rob Rich on April 15th, 2014 [ permalink ] Today Tempo AI, makers of Tempo Smart Calendar, and | Read more »

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AirPrint Basics Tutorial Posted
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